Although Hongkong singer-actor William Chan suffered a slow-growing career during his early days as a member of now-defunct Cantopop boy band Sun Boy’z in 2006, he has found immense success after a foray into China.
Ever since William rose to fame after starring in 2014 Chinese drama Swords of Legends, the 34-year-old is said to command up to 90mil yuan (S$18mil) for a TV series. And let’s not forget about the extra moolah he’s earning from other commercials and endorsements.
In fact, William’s so successful that he has appeared on Forbes’ China Celebrity 100 list three times since 2015, even surpassing stars like Jackie Chan and Louis Koo when he ranked 23rd on the list last year.
While other celebs enjoy splurging on ridiculous things, like S$175mil crystal dragons and 18 pairs of shoes at one go, William chose to play the long game, parking a huge chunk of his earnings in real estate since 2012.
Now, William’s collection of homes is arguably as impressive as his career.
Between 2012 to 2018, the singer-actor has purchased a total of HK$64.4mil (S$12mil) worth of real estate across Hongkong – five properties, to be exact – all of which are super luxurious homes with sea views.
William’s first reported purchase was an apartment in Kennedy Town at HK$2.3mil (S$428,000). His tremendous success in China led him to buy another property in Kwun Tong for HK$2.17mil (S$404,000), followed by three more properties costing him more than HK$10mil (S$1.8mil) each in Wan Chai and North Point from 2016 to 2018.
According to Chinese reports, William is said to have come from a wealthy background, which explains his interest in real estate. Before his debut, Willian also reportedly lived in Leighton Hill, Hongkong, which was rated in 2009 as one of the most expensive mansions in the world.